By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Oct 09, 2020 at 12:01 PM

My annual article, 52 Restaurants for your Bucket List, was originally created to provide readers with an easy way to explore the wealth of restaurants in the Milwaukee scene over the course of one year (52 weeks). Today, as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, it provides a fun and equally compelling guide for folks who’d like to bring variety to their weekly meals while providing vital support to some of our finest local restaurants.

360 E. Erie St., (414) 488-8036

If you're in need of a relaxing night out that offers all the satisfaction of a well executed tasting menu without the pretense, then EsterEv is the perfect solution. 

This tiny little restaurant-within-a-restaurant at DanDan showcases the finer dining side of Chefs Daniel Jacobs and Dan Van Rite and their talented staff. Despite the caliber of the dishes served, the beauty of Ester Ev is that it remains a comfortable spot with little to no pretense. It’s something reflected in not only the atmosphere and mood, but also the pricing. A meal at EsterEv feels grand, but it's also one of the best finer dining deals in the city at less than $100 per person. 

The current menu includes five courses, including:

  • Snacks: caviar tater tot, steak tartare dolma, bread and butter
  • Avgolemono with chicken, wild rice, lemon  (pairing: Mendraka Bizkaiko Txakolina 2017)
  • Raviolo with quail egg, ricotta and tomato (pairing: Lelievre Gris de Toul 2018)
  • Halibut with peppers, chorizo, clams and saffron (pairing: Manuel Olivier Bourgogne Aligote 2016)
  • Waygu with cucumber, sour cream, red onion, ramps (pairing: Clos Cibonne Tentations 2017)
  • Dessert with banana, chocolate financier, Opalys ganache, streusel  (pairing: Dumangin Ratafia Champenois)

Dinner is $65 and includes five courses;  the optional wine pairing is available for an additional $35. Reservations are required. Interested guests can make a reservation by calling DanDan at (414) 488-8036 or reserving a seat via Tock 

Note: Toensure safety for both staff and guests, the restaurant will forego its tiny quarters, hosting dinners on the socially distanced DanDan patio (as weather permits) or inside the DanDan restaurant.


Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.